East football gets win; Bradford, Covington, Versailles all lose

CASSTOWN — Miami East’s Justin Brown had a 100-plus-yard game both rushing and receiving, he and Vincent Villella racked up three touchdowns apiece and the Vikings (2-1, 1-0 Cross County Conference) opened up league play with a dominant 49-0 victory over National Trail Friday at Miami East.

Brown caught a pair of touchdown passes from quarterback Ian Gengler in the first quarter — the first a 45-yard score and the next a 54-yarder — and, after a blocked extra point on the first one, Villella carried in a two-point conversion on the next to make it 14-0. Villella then added the first of his touchdown runs, a 10-yarder, to make it 21-0 after one quarter, then Villella scored on touchdown runs of 12 yards and 1 yard in the second to give the Vikings a 35-0 lead at halftime.

Brown broke a 21-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, and Jacob Brown scored on a 7-yard run in the fourth to finish things off.

Justin Brown had 115 rushing yards on eight carries and 112 receiving yards on four catches, while Villella piled up 67 yards on 15 rushes. Gengler was 6 for 8 passing for 137 yards and the two scores.

Buccs rally

falls short

COVINGTON — Covington dropped its Cross County Conference opener to CCC newcomer Fort Loramie Friday.

Down 7-0, Covington tied the score when Ethan Herron stepped in front of a Redskin pass and returned in 95 yards for a touchdown.

Trailing 14-7, the Buccaneers would tie the score late in the first half when sophomore quarterback Cade Schmeltzer hooked up with Ty Freeman on a 14-yard touchdxown pass.

Fort Loramie would go up 28-14. Covington would pull within a touchdown with 1:10 to play on Herron’s 1-yard touchdown run. The Buccaneers recovered the onside kick, but were unable to move the ball as the clock exptired.

With the loss, Covington fell to 0-3 (0-1 in the CCC), while Fort Loramie improved to 2-1 (1-0 in the CCC).

Roaders drop

game with MV

BRADFORD — In its first game back in Cross County Conference play after a three-year absence, Bradford became the team Mississinawa Valley ended its 31-game losing streak against as the Railroaders fell 21-6 to the Blackhawks Friday night.

Hunter Penkal had a 56-yard touchdown run for the Railroaders (0-3, 0-1 CCC) that made the score 7-6 Mississinawa Valley with 4:20 left until halftime, but Mississinawa Valley (1-2, 1-0 CCC) was able to shut Bradford out in the second half and put the game away.

Bradford travels to Arcanum Friday.

Tigers struggle

in loss to Anna

VERSAILLES – The Anna Rockets came to Versailles Friday night averaging 50.5 points a game. They exceeded their average by putting up 52 against the Tigers.

“Anna is a very good team,” Versailles football coach Adam Miller said. “A little disappointed we didn’t play with them more.”

The Tigers struggled to stop the potent Rocket offense, allowing 463 yards of offense.

Anna took a 7-0 lead on its first possession with a 35-yard touchdown pass. The Rockets forced a fumble on the Tigers’ next possession and took a 10-0 lead on a 29-yard field goal.

Ian Hiestand pulled the Tigers to within three with a 16-yard touchdown pass from Noah Waymire with over three minutes left in the first quarter.

The Rockets then took a 24-10 lead on two touchdown runs in the second quarter.

The Tigers closed the gap on a 77-yard screen pass to George Grow with 49 seconds left in the first half.

With the lead down to 10 and the Tigers receiving the second half kickoff, the game was still in reach. The Rockets were not satisfied with a 14-point half time lead, though, and scored on a 49-yard pass with 24.4 seconds left in the half.

Versailles would shank a punt early in the third and give the Rockets the ball on the Tiger 39-yard line. The Rockets scored on a 4-yard touchdown run with nine minutes left in the third quarter.

The Tigers would not go away, though, and scored with five minutes left in the third. Down 38-20, the Tigers went for two but failed to convert.

The 18-point deficit was as close as the Tigers would get as the Rockets scored two more times. The Rockets scored with seconds left in the third, allowing for a running clock in the fourth quarter. Anna closed out the scoring with a 29-yard run with 8:49 left in the game.

Versailles travels back to Delphos next week to take on Delphos St. John’s. The Blue Jays bring a 2-1 record into the game. St. John’s lost 41-14 to Minster Friday night. The Blue Jays are averaging 31 points a game through three games.